I met Roger Nelson, Missy’s father, in an airplane with an open door. I was strapped to him and about to leap out the door when the plane reached 18,000 feet. Except that I couldn’t stop shaking, nearly crying because I was so scared.
Roger was a skilled skydiving instructor and genuinely kind man who calmed me down with incontrovertible facts – like, no one had ever died or even been seriously injured tandem jumping at Skydive Chicago and he trusted his technique so much that his daughter had made her first jump at age 5.
Age 5! That's Missy. And, I was lucky enough to catch up with her recently to do a Q&A for The Black Table... Forget all the scandal - this is a real look at Skydive Chicago. Read the article.
[Story photos by Eric Shaden]
posted by Leigh Householder